January 26, 2022

Utah: “Senate Panel OKs Bill to Block Pornography on Library Wi-Fi”

From the Associated Press:

A group of Utah senators signed off Tuesday on the first of two proposals this year continuing a lawmaker’s campaign against pornography.

Sen. Todd Weiler, R-Woods Cross, led an effort last year for Utah to declare pornography a public health crisis, contending that pornography is addictive and distorts children’s thinking about sex, threatens marriages and contributes to sexual violence.

Weiler has introduced a bill this year that would require public libraries in Utah to install blockers on their wireless networks to prevent people from viewing obscene content in libraries.


A Senate committee approved Weiler’s measure Tuesday, sending it to the full Senate for debate. It’s likely to be approved by that chamber, the House of Representatives and Utah’s governor, all of which unanimously supported Weiler’s health-crisis resolution last year.

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